HOW DO WE PRODUCE AND CARE FOR OUR PLANT LIFE?
Guttata Beloperone (note 1)
It’s a cute, easy-to-grow plant that may be cultivated both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather.
CLASSIFICATION IN BOTANICAL TERMS
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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS (see paragraph “Main kinds”)
Beloperone – Plants in the genus Beloperone (also called Justicia by some botanists) are members of the Acanthaceae family, which is endemic to Mexico and includes evergreen, very decorative shrubs that bloom for eight months a year, from spring to Christmas (April – December). The blooms themselves are quite little, but the bracts, which are variably colored, arching, and dangling from the branches, are quite noticeable.
There, B. guttata is a Mexican native plant with thin, flexible stems that reach 60 cm in height. The leaves are round in shape, tough, and thickly haired.
The flowers are small, mottled white and red, and they are collected in pendulous inflorescences that are 15 cm long, positioned at the end of the branches, and in groups of two or three. Showy heart-shaped bracts that overlap and are brown-pink-orange in hue guard the bud sites. Bracts, on the other hand, frequently last longer than flowers.
Justicia brandegeana is another name for it.
Another superb instance of this genus is B. californica, also known as Justicia californica.
Because the shape of the blossom is connected with the hummingbird, the Spanish language has given it the name Chuparrosa, which means hummingbird.
There, B. meaty is distinguished by reddish-brown bracts that create inflorescences of differently mottled yellow flowers.
It’s a Colombian native with red (and occasionally white) flowers and copper-colored bracts.
TECHNOLOGY OF CULTURE
They are simple to cultivate and do not necessitate any extra care.
The plants need to be cultivated in a temperature range of 7 to 24°C (ideally about 18°C), and they need to be in a bright setting but not in direct sunlight.
It is a plant that like being in the open air, but it must be protected from cold air currents, which it will not accept.
To keep the soil moist and not saturated, the plant should be watered frequently. Watering should be minimized throughout the winter to only keep the soil moist.
Keep an eye out for excessive water stagnation.
These are plants that thrive in humid conditions. On addition to frequent spraying during the hot season, the plant will thrive in a saucer filled with expanded clay or other inert substance, where a drop of water constantly evaporates, ensuring a humid atmosphere.
TYPE OF SOIL – REPOT
When the pot has gotten too tiny to contain the plant, it is repotted in early spring with a mixture of three parts soil, one part sand, and one part peat.
We always recommend using terracotta pots because their porosity allows the soil to breathe, which helps to correct overwatering mistakes. We also recommend placing pieces of earthenware at the bottom of the pot to prevent both drainage holes from being blocked and excess irrigation water from draining too quickly.
Fertilization begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer, but it must be stopped in the autumn and winter.
Use a fertilizer designed to be diluted in irrigation water (reduce the doses slightly from what is stated on the fertilizer packaging, as they are almost always too high), ensuring that in addition to the so-called macro elements like nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), microelements like manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), boron (B), and molybdenum (Mo) are present for proper plant
From spring until late winter, the Beloperone plant blooms.
Overdeveloped branches can be clipped during the vegetative restart to give the plant a more harmonious and compact appearance. If, on the other hand, the plant seems stunted and has weak branches, a thorough pruning is required, with branches severely pruned at a height of about 8 cm.
To avoid tissue infection, remember to clean and disinfect cutting tools (ideally with flame) before using them on the plant.
Cuttings are used to propagate plants.
Early in the spring, the strongest branches with some bark and no flowers are selected for cuttings that are around 7-8 cm long. Remove the lower leaves and make an angled incision right below the node to ensure a wider root surface and prevent water from accumulating on that surface.
To avoid fraying the textiles, make sure the blade you’re using for cutting is well honed. To avoid fabric contamination, it must be cleansed and disinfected.
Make a hole with a pencil in a soil made up of equal parts peat and sand at this spot, then position the cut by gently compacting the earth around it.
So that the plastic does not come into contact with any part of the cut, the pot with the cut is covered with a transparent plastic sheet or a hooded bag supported by sticks. Place the pot somewhere with a temperature of roughly 21°C and keep the soil moist at all times.